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Privately Funded, ‘Destination’ Playground Proposed For Ala Moana Park Courtesy of Paani Kakou

Privately Funded, ‘Destination’ Playground Proposed For Ala Moana Park

A nonprofit would oversee building the free, fenced-in site featuring zip lines, fountains, a snack concession and a police office.

Caldwell’s Short-Term Rental Plan Holds Real Promise

Caldwell’s Short-Term Rental Plan Holds Real Promise

The proposal could take unhosted vacation units off the market and allow homeowners to operate bed-and-breakfasts.

Nasty Tactics Distract From Issues In North Shore City Council Race Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Nasty Tactics Distract From Issues In North Shore City Council Race

Four candidates are vying for an open seat in a district struggling with traffic and the loss of affordable housing to short-term vacation rentals.

Ethics Commission Audit Quashed On Advice Of City’s Lawyer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ethics Commission Audit Quashed On Advice Of City’s Lawyer

The Honolulu auditor was concerned its results might be “discoverable” in a lawsuit filed by Louis and Katherine Kealoha.

Honolulu’s Vanishing Crosswalks: Why The City Is Taking Them Out

Honolulu’s Vanishing Crosswalks: Why The City Is Taking Them Out

The city has removed 34 crosswalks since September 2016, despite protests from some neighborhood groups. 

HART’s Latest Rail Contract Is For $400M — Twice What It Had Estimated Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART’s Latest Rail Contract Is For $400M — Twice What It Had Estimated

In a break with past practice, the agency did not release the amounts that companies bid for the work to relocate utilities.

Honolulu Rail Project Loses Its Top Right-Of-Way Official Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Project Loses Its Top Right-Of-Way Official

The departure of Abbey Mayer is the latest in a string of more than 16 managers, directors and other top personnel to leave HART.

New Honolulu Housing Bill Seeks The Middle Ground Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Honolulu Housing Bill Seeks The Middle Ground

UPDATED The City Council passed a measure Wednesday that includes concessions to both housing advocates and developers.

Honolulu Can’t Access 66,000 Personal Documents After System Crashed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Can’t Access 66,000 Personal Documents After System Crashed

Some birth certificates, passports, and other documents can’t be retrieved because of a vendor’s computer malfunction.

Two More Condo And Hotel Towers Proposed For Ala Moana City and County of Honolulu

Two More Condo And Hotel Towers Proposed For Ala Moana

The city planning department has given the green light to the builders as long as they add more community benefits.

Ian Lind: Why A Tree In Hawaii Kai Is Raising Questions Of Favoritism Ian Lind/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Why A Tree In Hawaii Kai Is Raising Questions Of Favoritism

A father’s gift to remember his dead son has become a story of special treatment by the Honolulu City Council.

City May Get Tougher On Tour Vans In Waimanalo Courtesy of Ted Ralston

City May Get Tougher On Tour Vans In Waimanalo

A bill to establish permit fees for commercial stops at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park would help pay for monitoring compliance.